Bradford Flowering Pear Tree

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One of the most fire-blight-resistant cultivars of the Flowering Pears! The Bradford Flowering Pear tree (Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford') is an extremely popular ornamental that will light up your landscape with its floral display! This vigorous-growing, mid-size, shade tree with outstanding clusters of white blooms in spring!

Attracting a wide variety of pollinators in search of an early-season nectar and pollen resource, you will love seeing the occasional hummingbird drop by for a visit as well! The flowers begin to fade as the glossy, ornamental green leaves appear to cast lush shade for the rest of the growing season!

Fall brings tiny little greenish fruit that the songbirds adore. But you won't notice them because of the very attractive yellow to red to purple fall foliage color that overtakes your entire tree in the fall! The Bradford Flowering Pear in the winter is just as picturesque as the deciduous foliage drops to reveal the pyramidal shape when young. Then watch as your Ornamental Pear develops a broad canopy with age!

Planting and Application:

If your area allows you to grow this fantastic specimen, Bradford is an excellent lawn tree and shade tree, this specimen shows off throughout every season of the year! The Bradford Pear is a beautiful garden addition that produces no edible fruit and no mess! Another great benefit of the Bradford is that it is a rapid grower so you'll get results fast! This makes the Bradford ideal for new construction homes, urban sites, and locations that may have some clay or poor soil to contend with.

Add fast-growing lush shade over backyard seating areas and enjoy screening with these vivacious ornamentals, decorating paved areas beautifully without any mess to stain the ground or your lawn chair cushions! These areas will become prime bird-watching locations because songbirds love these trees and the strong limbs not only give them ample nesting space but also a fall snack before winter!

Sometimes the seeds can be spread by birds and become a nuisance, popping up where they're not wanted. This is the reason for a few areas of the country do not allow these trees to be shipped to sensitive areas. Rest assured, Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to track all federal, state, and local regulations on invasive materials. We will always protect you and your community. To see if your area is safe for one of these trees, add your zip code to the Plant Highlights section on this page.

  • Brilliant White Flowers in Early Spring
  • Green Summer Leaves & Gorgeous Fall Color
  • Rounded Profile At Maturity
  • Pollinator Friendly Blooms!
  • Versatile Lawn & Shade Trees, Specimens & Spring Backdrops

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This flowering tree grows best and has the most flowers in full sun. Bradford Pear trees will tolerate most soil types as long as they're well-drained. They are pest and pollution-resistant and tolerate drought well! Provide regular moisture for young trees, but once established, Bradford Pears become quite resilient! Top dress with 3-4 inches of arborist mulch for an extra layer of protection and insulation. Prune in the late winter to remove crossing or damaged branches.

  • Full Sun Fast-Growing Trees
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs & Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune Late Winter/Early Spring
  • All Sales Protected by Plant Sentry™
  • Highly Fire-Blight Resistant

The big and bold spring and fall show of the Bradford Flowering Pear Tree will have you in awe all year long! Order your next favorite ornamental today from Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Bradford Flowering Pear Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White
Foliage Dark Green
Fall Color Orange, Red, Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring